NHRC for social audit of govt`s flagship schemes
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Last Updated: Friday, July 15, 2011, 19:34
New Delhi: Critical over the leakage of funds meant for the rural poor, the National Human Rights Commission has suggested that the government should conduct a social audit of flagship programmes like MGNREGA and ICDS to have an assessment on what is the impact on ground.

A top NHRC official said the government's various studies and reports had shown that there was no match between the programmes and performance as the authorities had failed to achieve the 11th Plan targets set in 2008.

"Though the growth rate approaching double digit and GDP on rise, it has no impact on common man's life...What we need is a social audit of government's flagship programmes like MGNREGA and ICDS," the official said.

He said the NHRC will be presenting its assessment to the United Nations next year about the functioning of the government as per Universal Periodical Report.

The official said the government guaranteed 100 days of work under the MGNREGA scheme but its own report says that people got an average of 47 days work a year. This is when the villagers are demanding 200 days work, he said.

Similarly, he said, around 60 per cent of the funds allocated for anganwadis under ICDS were pocketed by officials and others.

"A study conducted by the NHRC in a district in Uttar Pradesh showed that 61 per cent of the funds have been siphoned off. A government report for the whole country also shows that 60 per cent of the funds under ICDS are siphoned off," he said.

The official pointed out that the 21 most backward districts chosen by the NHRC were almost similar to that in the government list and most of them are in the naxal belt.

On the naxal front, the official said, the administration simply does not manage to enter the remote villages.

"The writ of the government does not run there...the contractors who are engaged by government pay the naxals. In a way the government is pumping their enemies," he said.

The official said there were reports that naxals procure explosives from contractors who had procured it for building roads in difficult terrains.

"The same explosive is used to built roads by government and later the naxals blow it up using explosives from the same stock," he said.

The official pointed out that the 11th Plan target was to increase the sex ratio to 935 in 2011 from 927 in 2001 but it had fallen to 914 this year. Similarly, infant mortality rate was to be reduced to 28 from 58 but the achievement was only 53.


First Published: Friday, July 15, 2011, 19:34

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